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Staff Nurse - Acute Frailty Unit / Ward 14 (Band 5)

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 pro rata per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you enjoy working in an acute setting, caring for elderly patients and wish to be part of a team whose drive is to make a difference and improve patient experience - then this is the role for you.

Ward 14 is an elderly medicine ward specialising in complex health and illness in older adults.

We pride ourselves in our multidisciplinary approach to deliver compassionate patient centred holistic care to our patients.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced, and motivated registered nurses for this exciting opportunity to join our caring and compassionate team.

The successful candidate must have a keen interest in working with older people, be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and be active in developing and enhancing your current skills. As a valued team member, you will be expected to support other staff members on the ward and have a desire to deliver high standards of nursing care.

The ideal candidate will be friendly, empathetic, and patient with a keen desire to ensure that the care delivered is if the best quality standard.

This is an ideal opportunity for both newly qualified and registered nurses who have a passion for caring for Elderly patients. Preceptorship available for newly qualified candidates.

You must have a positive attitude towards change and continue to embed our Right Care values and behaviours.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be a professional and promote the highest possible standard of care to their patients. You will provide physical, emotional and psychological support to enable patients to achieve their goals, optimise levels of independence and ensure a safe discharge from hospital.

The role requires you to accept professional accountability for patients when assessing, planning and implementing their care plans ensuring person centred care is delivered. Alongside the nursing team, you will owrk alongside doctors, therapists and other multipdisciplinary members in developing and maintaining patient safety and ensuring a positive hospital experience.

The successful candidate will be supported and encouraged with training and development.

About us

We are always looking for enterprising and innovative approaches to the way we provide our services. We are a national centre for telemedicine and introduced telehealth to the UK offender healthcare sector and also provide the service to patients in their care homes. Community matters to us and we are supported by 400 dedicated volunteers and have strong links with Bradford University, Craven College and Leeds City College to ensure we inspire the workforce of the future.

We want to attract staff who embrace our Right Care behaviours of compassion, a commitment to quality of care and working together for patients we want to make these part of our DNA.

Job description

Job responsibilities

KEY AREAS OF WORK Maintain a high standard of nursing care for acutely ill patients in accordance with Airedale Hospital Trusts guidelines and protocols. Develop good working relationships with nursing colleagues and members of the multi-disciplinary team. Contribute towards the development of clinical practice by participating in practice, and self development programmes on the unit. Adheres to Airedale General Hospital Trusts policies and procedures relating to health and safety.

VALUE BASETo demonstrate a belief in: High standards of individual nursing care with a commitment to the development of best clinical practice, which is evidence based. Individual professional development. Effective communication and working collaboratively with all members of the multi-disciplinary team. Flexibility and commitment to enhance care for the acutely ill patient.

CORE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLSThe post holder will:- Demonstrate ability to prioritise and organise clinical workload. Exercise initiative when caring for patients. Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills and work effectively as a team member.

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS: Liaises with senior colleagues to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual plans of care for the acutely patient. Prioritise and organise workload to ensure continuity of care and treatment throughout the shift. Maintain a safe environment in the ward area. Demonstrate professional accountability and works within own limitations. Maintain accurate legal records of care using care planning and Airedale General Hospital Trusts documentation. Demonstrate thorough and concise verbal handover which reflects the care and treatment given to the patient over the course of the shift. Respect the need for confidentiality and adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct. Offer help and advice to the patients family/friends responding to their individual needs in a caring and supportive manner. Develop scope of professional practice to administer intravenous medications. Communicate readily with the nurse-in-charge of the shift, regarding the patients care and condition. Integrate within the team and promote a team approach to working. Consult and co-operate with medical/nursing and support staff from other areas where appropriate. Keep the senior nurse informed of untoward incidents/events and maintain accurate documentation in accordance with the Trusts policies. Participate in the preceptorship and in-service training programme. Identify individual learning needs at appraisal and contribute to a personal development plan. Demonstrates a commitment to self-development. Promote research based practice wherever possible according to the Trusts and Units guidelines, standards and protocols. Participate in the audit and evaluation of clinical practice in the interests of quality care. Participates in the management of the day unit team, including delegation of work to junior staff and reporting to Ward/Departmental Manager. Takes charge regularly adhering to all agreed protocols, policies and procedures. Under the control of the Ward/Departmental Manager teaches and monitors nurses and other students allocated to the Ward/Department. Adheres to agreed procedures and promotes, by example, a high standard of nursing care. Is aware of responsibilities under Health & Safety legislation. Reports on any practices that could be detrimental to patient, visitors or staff safety. Fosters good relationships with other departments, the multi-disciplinary team, patients, relatves and visitors to the Ward/Department. Helps achieve high morale for both staff and patients. Learns from the Ward/Departmental Manager methods of ordering and stock control, management practices, policies and any other aspects of nursing and ward management as required. Reports and recommends changes as necessary. Identifies areas for change of improvement in working practices, suggests ideas to Ward/Departmental Manager and assists developments. Ensures all written documentation is of a high standard and according to NMC Regulations. Is able to deal with patient/visitors complaints and reports to Ward/Departmental Manager for investigation. Attends and assists at Ward/Department Meetings. Is involved in the collection of statistical data. Follows Risk Incident policy.

PROFESSIONAL Is responsible, as a trained nurse, for the control and administration of drugs within regulations laid down by Airedale NHS Trust and NMC and national legislation. Maintains clinical knowledge in nursing and particularly in the speciality of the Ward or Department and is prepared to advise and assist other staff. Acts as Assessor/Mentor. Acts as preceptor. Works within the NMC Code of Practice. Practices agreed models of nursing and systems of care as directed by Ward/Departmental Manager Is involved in new initiatives, supporting the Ward/Departmental Manager in the implementation of them. Is prepared to present topics of interest, developments, feedback from Courses/Study days to peers and seniors if requested. Participates in developments relating to clinical governance.

STAFF/SELF DEVELOPMENT Agree a personal development plan. Is involved in Audit and standard setting. Is involved in the IPR process of junior staff. Attends statutory training. Maintains a personal and professional profile. Develops within the scope of professional practice. Achieves PREP. Is involved in clinical supervision as required. Acts as a key worker when allocated. Ensures staff are supported educated and informed. Is familiar with the responsibilities of the Ward/Departmental Manager and junior Sister. Is involved in collecting statistical data in relation to patients and staff.

TECHNOLOGY Undertakes training to ensure the correct usage of equipment. Is aware of equipment maintenance programmes and asset registers. Keeps records of equipment on hire.

LEARNING OUTCOMESThe post holder will benefit from: Nursing acutely ill patients with varied diagnosis and care needs A preceptorship package that supports continued learning Working with a part of a multi-discplinary team to meet the needs to the patient. Access to study days as well as other applicable training to enhance development Working within a supportive environment with highly experienced nurses Experience daily board rounds to develop patient flow awareness Regular opportunity for career progression Commitment to continuous quality improvements and opportunity to work with the organizational learning and improvement teams Opportunities for supported leadership development

Full Job Description and Person Specification attached

Person Specification



  • Studied to Diploma level or equivalent
  • Registered with NMC


  • Degree in Healthcare/Nursing studies
  • Completed 6 months Preceptorship period following registration
  • Recognised teaching qualification for example SLIP/ ENB 998D32/D33



  • Recent, relevant post qualification experience of working in an NHS acute in-patient area
  • Recent experience at a band 5 within an acute hospital setting



  • Knowledge of the NHS Constitution & 'Understanding the New NHS'
  • Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of health and safety issues



  • Skilled clinician
  • Verbal and written command of English


  • Can lead by example and demonstrate teaching and coaching skills
  • IV & phlebotomy skills

Employer details

Employer name

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust


Airedale General Hospital

Skipton Road


BD20 6TD

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